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Give thanks for good food at Skillets

Just inside the doors of Skillets Grill & Cafe on Hilton Head Island, your senses are awakened. Wonderful aromas from the kitchen whet your appetite, and music perks up your mood. Local musician David Wingo performs on Saturday or Sunday evenings from 6-9 p.m., providing ambience for diners. Soft colors and natural elements used in the decor relax the mind. The feeling of comfort is almost palpable.

Patrons are welcomed by owner Amie Baima or a member of her staff. This family- owned business has been serving island residents and visitors since 1994, and great service is one of the reason's they've been so successful. John and Darlene Baima, Amie's parents, help out at the restaurant when they're in town.

Skillets specializes is home-style cooking that's better than most of us make at home. Many entrees range from $15.95-$18.95; try the grilled meatloaf or their classic, tender sauteed calf's liver served with potatoes or rice and a fresh vegetable. All entrees are served with tossed salad and biscuits.

Local favorites such as delicious lump crab cakes and fresh fish specials are always available. Stir fried dishes, ribs and an assortment of chicken meals are offered, as well as heart healthy dishes.

"This is the comfort food for our generation and generations to come," Amie said.

One good reason to give thanks at this time of year: Skillet's famous breakfast buffet is back. For $8.95, the buffet includes scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, biscuits and gravy, grits, potatoes and one special breakfast surprise daily. The breakfast buffet is available from 8-10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Skillets will be open Thanksgiving Day, serving a traditional holiday meal and regular menu items. Trust us, the cook in your family won't be offended if you suggest letting Skillets do the work.

In addition to the turkey, dressing, gravy, potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce, on the menu will be favorites like sweet potato, pumpkin and apple pies. Skillets' regular desserts including carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, bourbon pecan pie and Irish cream cake, also will be on hand.

Dogs, who are welcome on Skillets' patio, won't be left out at Thanksgiving. Lucky Dog Cuisine's holiday offering is called Tail Wag-gin Turkey, a meal of tender turkey, brown rice, tomatoes, pureed peas, carrots and beans. Two other Lucky Dog meal choices also are available -- your Skillets server will give you a Lucky Dog cuisine menu if you arrive with a four-footed companion. Or visit